Located the state of Minas Gerais, Daterra is one of the most renown farms in Brazil, producing coffee with a commitment to both quality and sustainability. All Daterra's coffees have been Rainforest Alliance certified since 2003, meaning the coffee is being grown on a farm in which the wildlife is conserved, forests, rivers and soil are protected, and its workers are paid decently and given access to medical care and education.
Each year Daterra's masterful cuppers search the vast potential of the farm for unique small lots of coffee, called Masterpieces.
These coffees are processed in a lab on the farm, where they test new ways of producing coffee. The lab is rich with new and unusual varietals, processing methods, drying techniques and limitless experiments.
The Fermentation Process: Tree-Dried Natural
The coffee cherries were left on the trees for a longer time, allowing them to go through the full maturation process and dry while still attached to the branch. This processing technique is only possible if the weather is very dry and stable during harvest (otherwise the excess moisture can develop fungus and other undesired microorganisms). It is because of the Cerrado of Brazil's unique climate that this process is possible. This brings lovely qualities to the coffee; tree-dried naturals usually show heavy body and an extra-intense sweetness.